its almost popping time…

The pandemic has me inside bouncing off the walls, so I am enjoying tying some flies that I normally do not tie just to stay in shape. I hope to use these poppers this spring.

I recently made some home-made bass poppers using some found black high density foam off of some packaging that came in the mail. I just cut out some rectangles with a single edge razor, adding weed guards to the bass hooks, slit the foam to cover the shanks, dropped some Zap Ca thin glue into the slit and used a material clamp to hold the foam together while the glue cured. On the rear of the fly I used some 1/4 inch rabbit strip and EP brush. Then I burned some holes into the foam with a cauterizer, (you can heat up your bodkin with a lighter to accomplish the same effect) and added some thick zap a gap glue into the eye holes and positioned and set the doll eye stems into the cavities. Viola! Keep your mind active by re-purposing materials when you can. Stay safe and have fun!

Photos by Al Quattrocchi

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pic of the day…

Photo courtesy of Stephane Granzotto.

Did you know that sperm whales sleep vertically? I didn’t. Thanks to this awesome photo by Stephane Granzotto, I became a believer. LOL

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first book signing at the spot!

It turned out to be a beautiful, warm, sunny Saturday here in Los Angeles which I believe helped our turnout at my first book signing at the Fishermen’s Spot in Van Nuys. It was short and sweet, running from 11am to 1 pm. It was fun trying to guess who everyone was wearing masks. LOL I got to join some old friends and made some new ones. Thanks to everyone who came out. We were all watching each others safety being outdoors, wearing masks, social distancing and using hand sanitizer. Also special thanks to my bud, Larry Acord for parking his red hummer with fly rods and flying the Corbina Patrol flags as a killer backdrop. Special thanks to The Fishermen’s Spot and Gerard Burkhart for the beautiful photos. I can not wait for this crazy year to end. There is light and the end of this tunnel with new vaccines on the way. Let’s all stay positive and I hope to see you all on a beach next summer… happy holidays!


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The Articulated Fly podcast with Marvin Cash & Al Q…

It was an honor and pleasure to have been asked to be on The Articulated Podcast with my new friend, Marvin Cash all the way from the east coast. Marvin was gracious to help promote my new book, The Corbina Diaries and speak with me about my animated journey into fly fishing. Take a listen, I hope you enjoy it… 🙂

The Articulated Podcast with Marvin Cash and Al Q

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book signing this saturday!

I will be safely signing books outside in the parking lot of the Fisherman’s Spot in Van Nuys this coming Saturday, December 12th between 11am and 1pm. Please bring your mask! Its a great opportunity to pick up a signed copy of the Corbina Diaries. My first self-published book on DIY beach sight casting. I will have some coasters and corbina patrol decals for sale as well. Hope to see some of my friends and fellow fly fishers out there. Happy Holidays!

-Al Q

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Chaos Group podcast with Al Q

I met Chris this past year on the sand, corbina fly fishing and we instantly became friends having both worked in the movie industry. Chris is a very talented CGI developer that has worked on many fun projects such as Tron: Legacy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, iRobot and Maleficent to name a few. We chatted about film, design and fly fishing…hope you enjoy!


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cortland black friday…

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The Corbina Diaries book has finally arrived!

Finally some good news! The Corbina Diaries books arrived last Wednesday in San Pedro. I just got a call this morning that the books made it through customs and will be trucked to me by tomorrow afternoon. This means we will begin shipping on Friday of this week. All books will go out in the order they were received, so they will be on there way people. Thanks for all the support over the years, I hope you enjoy my first self published book as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Please feel free to leave any comments, good or bad. Have a safe and healthy holiday.

Al Q

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everyone in between…

This is a film everyone who loves the great outdoors and wild places should watch. We need to all feel we can make a difference by fighting for the things in life that are most important, together we CAN move mountains.

-Al Q

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in the old days…

What a great historic photograph! This photo was taken November 10, 1927 off a party boat out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn where I grew up as a child. I graduated Sheepshead Bay High school, where I first joined the Striped Bass fishing club, took marine biology and oceanography as electives and spent many days fishing the piers and party boats. It was a great place to grow up and eat fresh seafood.

Sheepshead Bay was once home to the largest commercial party boat fleet in the world and only a train ride south from the bustling populated borough of Manhattan. It was very common in the winter months to bottom fish and catch cod, pollack, blackfish, seabass and ling on a 1/2 day boat. The gentleman holding up the double is the “Bambino”, aka Babe Ruth and his fishing partner to his right is the Iron Horse, or great Yankee first basemen, Lou Gehrig who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. The Babe loved to fish as much as he loved to hit the long ball. How cool would it have been to run into these guys on a fishing trip. LOL

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